Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop
The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.
We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and listed in the Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.
We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL
The bookshop started and runs Woodstock Poetry Festival, a completely independent festival that has now been running for 8 years.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.
Friday, 20 March 2009
Janie - who works here on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons - was sitting next to a lovely person at a poetry evening who turned out to be Katherine Swift. 'The Katherine Swift, The Morville Hours Katherine Swift?' asked Janie. Yes. And so it is that Katherine Swift is coming to The Woodstock Bookshop on Monday May 18th at 7.30 pm to talk about The Morville Hours, which comes out in paperback in April. If you have never heard of it you should check it out online and then wait and buy it from us at her talk. It is the most wonderful book for anyone interested in gardens, history, religion,or simply very fine writing.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
What a star! Prue arrived looking wonderful, sat down in the middle of the people who had gathered early to get good seats and started to chat to them. She was friendly and charming and, once she started to talk about her writing career, hilarious about the various scrapes her recipe-writing days had led her into. One story involved marmalade, dentures and the bomb disposal squad - I leave you to imagine the link. She is a brilliant speaker and quite inspirational for women. I began to think she should be somehow bottled and sent into every school in the country as an example to girls of what they could achieve with their lives. She spoke passionately about why she had written about older women and we heard how her publishers had tried to persuade her that she couldn't write about women over 50 because no one would be interested. Thank goodness she didn't listen to them. If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, take it. My neighbour has resumed her Tai Chi classes since Monday.